De Werkself remains unbeaten in the current Bundesliga season. With the success against the Fuggerstadters, everything goes according to plan for Bayer in the first half – but after the break it turns into a rollercoaster ride.
Working win for Bayer Leverkusen: The Werkself won 3-1 (1-0) in Monday’s Bundesliga game against FC Augsburg and remained unbeaten this season. Lucas Alario took care of the victory for the team of coach Peter Bosz with a brace (16th / penalty, 74th) and Moussa Diaby (90th + 3), Daniel Caligiuri (51st) could only equalize for the guests in the meantime.
Leverkusen jumps to fourth place – and remained unbeaten in the 19th meeting with Augsburg. It was also the fifth consecutive victory against the Bavarian Swabians. “We got into the game really well and didn’t let anything burn. In the second half the game almost fell over. Then we did well. In the end the victory was deserved,” Leverkusen’s Julian Baumgartlinger told streaming service DAZN. On the other hand, Augsburg captain Jeffrey Gouweleeuw was disappointed: “Leverkusen plays good football. We held up well, but it was not enough.” The FCA was able to convince, with early insistence, the guests caused some problems for Bayer.
Bosz had to make do against FCA without captain Charles Aranguiz (Achilles tendon problem), Santiago Arias (fibular fracture), Paulinho (cruciate ligament tear) and attacker Patrik Schick (torn muscle fiber). Compared to 6: 2 in the Europa League opener against OGC Nice last Thursday, Bosz only replaced Wendell with Daley Sinkgraven in the left-back position – Herrlich returnees were all available with the exception of injured Jan Moravek and Alfred Finnbogason.
Augsburg started off offensive
The first fifteen minutes belonged to the Augsburgers, who played in a variable 4-4-2. Michael Gregoritsch mainly ran a lot and made a striking attack on the left and right. However, his conclusion in his first goal area scene went far beyond (7th). Leverkusen initially only stood out in the person of Leon Bailey, FCA goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz shot straight into the arms from a distance (12th).
It took an unfortunate but legitimate hand penalty to actually get Bayer into play. Augsburg defender Raphael Framberger jumped the ball to the outstretched arm – Alario repented, even as Gikiewicz anticipated the corner.
As a result, the Rhinelander failed to rise: Bailey (19th) and Nadiem Amiri (28th) failed due to the strong Gikiewicz. Niederlechner (27th) equalized for FCA with a nice shot from the turn. Bosz had to react due to an injury because ex-captain Lars Bender injured his neck during an air duel. He was replaced by Aleksandar Dragovic. Shortly before half time, Alario (45th) could have risen, but slipped into a promising position.
Diaby missed the top opportunity after the break
After Diaby opted for an unnecessary cross in front of goal shortly after half time, instead of shooting himself, Augsburg took advantage of the lack of consistency. Caligiuri left the too passive Sinkgraven and placed the ball in the short corner.
Overall, Augsburg looked a bit fresher, Leverkusen seemed to still have the Nice match in its legs. Bosz had to react halfway through the second half, brought top talent Florian Wirtz to the disappointing Exequiel Palacios.
And Wirtz appeared immediately: the 17-year-old looked detached for Gikiewicz, who responded brilliantly, and Bailey hit the bar (66th). Alario’s header (72nd) landed on the post, the second attempt shortly afterwards after a nice free kick into the net.